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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 57VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 57’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 627-8.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Fyrir Máríu faðminn dýra,
fyrir Máríu grátinn sára,
lát mig þinnar lausnar njóta,
lifandi guð með feðr og anda.
Æfinliga með lyftum lófum,
lof ræðandi, á knie sín bæði
skepnan öll er skyld að falla,
skapari minn, fyrir ásjón þinni.

Fyrir dýra faðminn Máríu, fyrir sára grátinn Máríu, lát mig njóta lausnar þinnar, lifandi guð með feðr og anda. Æfinliga með lyftum lófum er öll skepnan, ræðandi lof, skyld að falla á bæði knie sín, skapari minn, fyrir ásjón þinni.
‘For the sake of Mary’s precious embrace, for the sake of Mary’s sorrowful weeping, let me experience your salvation, living God with Father and Spirit. Unceasingly, with lifted hands, uttering praise, all creation should fall on both its knees, my creator, before your face.

notes and context

[5-8]: The first repeat of the second stef, introduced at st. 51. The text is abbreviated in Bb, 99a, 622, 713 and 705ˣ, and written in full in the other mss.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson, Lilja 57: AII, 381-2, BII, 405, Skald II, 221.


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